SEN Info Bulletin

February 14, 2013

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Opportunities/Call for Proposals

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News

SEN Wants You! Exciting Volunteer Opportunities!

The Saskatchewan Eco Network has a variety of volunteer opportunities available and we're looking for passionate individuals like you! Here's your chance to come out and get involved with our organization. Come see what we're all about, get to know our environmental member-groups and take part in the valuable networking that we do!

Please shoot us an email if you're interested at info@econet.sk.ca or call us: (306) 652-1275.

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SEN Hosts Presentation "A Guide to the Environmental Petitions Process."

The Saskatchewan Eco Network has collaborated with the federal government to bring its member-groups an informative presentation on "A Guide to the Environmental Petitions Process." The dates are March 4th at 7pm in Regina and March 6th at 7pm in Saskatoon.

The environmental petitions process was created as a result of a 1995 amendment to the federal Auditor General Act. It is a way for Canadians to bring their concerns about environmental issues to the attention of the federal government and obtain a formal response. Unlike other public petitions, environmental petitions do not need to contain multiple signatures and can be a simple letter.

By submitting an environmental petition in writing to the Auditor General of Canada, residents of Canada can ask certain federal ministers and their departments to explain federal policy, investigate or take action on an environmental problem, or examine their enforcement of environmental legislation. More.

Venues for these presentations are currently being selected but we need know how many individuals to expect for this event before booking. If your organization is sending a representative to this workshop please send us a confirmation email to info@econet.sk.ca or register by phone: (306) 652-1275.

Deadline to respond Monday February 18.

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SEN's Green Transportation Workshop

Calling all environmental highschool students and teachers!

On Saturday, March 9th, SEN will be hosting a full day "Green Transportation Workshop" for high-school students across the province in grades 10-12. Transportation for students from outside Regina will be covered by STC and participants will be billeted with families of Regina students.

In this full day workshop, students will hear from expert speakers from around the province and by skype from other parts of the world. These experts will discuss the need for change to our transport systems and the exciting innovations that provide hope for a sustainable and enjoyable future.

Students that participate in this event will meet youth from high school environmental groups from around the province! They will come out of the event with a deep and current understanding of sustainable transportation options along with an improved understanding of how to implement them. These "student experts" will also have the knowledge base to teach students and individuals in their community about sustainable transportation and city systems along with the tools to drive change on a local scale for a sustainable future.

Please let your students know about this opportunity and forward this message on to anyone is able to share it with other grade 10-12 students. To register please contact Rick Morrell at info@econet.sk.ca or by phone: (306) 543-2784 with student names, phone numbers and schools.

This event is possible through funding from SEN, Go Green Fund and STC.

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Free Environmental Films Online!

Documentaries are one of the best ways to capture and communicate current and powerful environmental issues of our time. For a limited time, you can watch these two documentaries on the web:

White Water, Black Gold - Follow David Lavallee on his three year journey across western Canada in search of answers about the activities of the world's thirstiest industry: the Tarsands.

Shattered Ground - A look at the Hydraulic Fracking process, its spread across the world and the impact it is having on the environment and communities.

Don't forget to save the date for SEN's Environmental Film Festival in Saskatoon from April 18-21, 2013. There are many great environmental films on the roster! So stay tuned as the details develop. If you have questions or want more information contact us at info@econet.sk.ca or by phone: (306) 652-1275.

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All About Passive House!

The Canada Green Building Council is offering the first-ever, one-day Passive House course on February 22, 2013.

This intensive day of learning will include expert instruction and content from the Canadian Passive House Institute. It will provide students with education on design and construction fundamentals of the Passive House approach, including super insulated envelopes, extreme air tightness and leading edge ventilation design. A special focus will be made on multifamily buildings up to six stories, but all building types will be addressed. For detail on how to register for this exciting workshop go here.

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SWRC Call For Nominations - SK Waste Minimization Awards

The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council is accepting nominations for their annual Saskatchewan Waste Minimization Awards. These Awards are intended to promote and encourage all sectors of the province to undertake waste reduction activities. They provide well deserved recognition and highlight success stories for others to consider adopting. There a number of categories up for nomination. You can see the categories and find nominations forms here.

Nominators must include a two page summary highlighting the amount of waste diverted, impact on the environment and economy, leadership and innovation. Nominators are free to enclose additional materials (newspaper clippings, letters of support, magazine articles, photographs, etc.)

Deadline for Nominations is February 28th 2013. For more information contact Joanne Fedyck at info@saskwastereduction.ca or (306) 931-3242.

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Action Alert

Petition: Save our Bees!

Quietly, globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food. But if Bayer stops selling one group of pesticides, neonicotinoids, bees could be saved from extinction.

Four European countries have begun banning these poisons, and some bee populations are already recovering. But Bayer, the largest producer of neonicotinoids, has lobbied hard to keep them on the market. Sign the petition here. This petition will be delivered to the Board of Management and Supervisory Board of Bayer and used to call for strong government regulation to save the bees.

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Face Your Footprint: Carbon Farmer Community Projects!

The Carbon Farmer is offering financing from their Community Fund to help communities lessen their carbon footprint. A variety of projects have been submitted from across Canada and the project that gains the most votes will win $1597.00 with the runner up winning $954.00 to help these initiatives become reality.

Check out the variety of inspiring projects and cast your vote for the project you think should win! Voting opened on December 22, 2012 and will end at Midnight (MST) on February 24, 2013. Individuals can vote once per day so vote early and vote often. To view the projects and cast your vote, go here.

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Opportunities/Call for Proposals

EcoFriendly Action Grants

EcoFriendly Sask is offering monthly grants of up to $500 to support local projects that will benefit the environment. We're interested in concrete, tangible actions from across the spectrum: from habitat restoration and recycling to planet-friendly urban design, gardening, wildlife and energy conservation. Additional information is available online at http://www.ecofriendlysask.ca/2012/04/ecofriendly-action-grants.html. Email questions or proposals to ecofriendlysask@gmail.com

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Nature Saskatchewan: Executive Director

Nature Saskatchewan is currently hiring for their Executive Director Position in Regina. You can find more details on this job posting here. Eligible candidates are asked to submit their cover letter, resume and references to the Recruitment Committee at info@naturesask.ca.

Deadline to apply is March, 15th.

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Nature Saskatchewan: Habitat Stewardship Summer Assistants

Nature Saskatchewan is currently hiring two habitat stewardship summer assistants in Regina. You can find more information here. Eligible applicants are asked to submit their resume and cover letter to Rebecca at outreach@naturesask.ca. Include in the subject line "Summer Assistant Application" and your name.

The deadline to apply is February, 24th.

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Briarpatch Magazine: Editor/Publisher

Are you passionate about independent media and social change? Are you a talented communicator with an entrepreneurial spirit, ready to take the reins of a respected Canadian magazine? Do you want to work for a grassroots organization that enables you to put your politics into practice in your daily life?

Briarpatch is currently seeking an Editor/Publisher to jointly oversee all aspects of producing a bi-monthly magazine. For more information about the job posting go here. Eligible candidates are asked to send their cover letter, resume and sample of their writing to givemeajob@briarpatchmagazine.com.

Deadline to apply is February, 24th.

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The Meewasin Valley Authority: Summer Student Positions

The Meewasin Valley Authority in Saskatoon is currently hiring for eight summer student positions. Find more details on each position, qualifications and where to send your resume here.

Deadline to apply is March, 1st.

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Cuso International Volunteer Interships

Cuso International has exciting opportunities that match talented individuals to organizations and communities in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean to share expertise, perspectives, and unlock potential.

For internship opportunities and more information go here.

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GeoThermal Grants for Retrofits & New Construction

Did you know that there is a $3500 incentive for the installation of qualified GeoThermal units in both existing and new home construction? Details are available under the New Homes Programs tab at www.sunridgegroup.ca.

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Intensive Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course

The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council will offer a Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Course in Saskatoon from March 30th to 31st, 2013 for those looking to add to their formal wildlife rehabilitation education. This introductory course includes lecture topics such as: introduction to wildlife rehabilitation, basic anatomy and physiology, calculating drug dosages,handling and physical restraint, thermoregulation and much more.

This course also includes a half-day lab to practice techniques in: gavage (tube-feeding),physical restraint, intramuscular and subcutaneous injections, physical exams,limb immobilization and weighing. For more information, to register and prices contact Jan Shadick at 306-652-5975 or at jshadick@sasktel.net.

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A Webinar with Scott Vaughan

Environment Commissioner Scott Vaughan will speak on his latest report on environmental protection in Canada. Part of Shared Learning Opportunities - a program of the Sustainability Network and the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network. For more information and to register go here.

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Coming Events

Regina

Native Prairie Speaker Series: Connectivity and Conservation

February 18, 7:00pm

Come down to the Artesian Performance Venue to hear Rik Anakaw with NCC who will be talking about Connectivity and Conservation in conjunction with Saskatchewan Heritage Week. For more information go here.

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Seedy Saturday

March 2, 10:30am

It's time to celebrate the spring of 2013! Join the Regina community at St. Mary's Anglican Church for Seedy Saturday! Vegetable and flower seeds will be available for purchase from prairie seed growers, including: Prairie Garden Seeds, Heliotrope Gardens, Heritage Harvest Seed. A local garden seed exchange table will be provided. Bring your seeds to trade with others. Plus: Need some new gardening ideas? Bring your old garden magazines to trade!

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SCIC's: A Gathering of Global Minds Series

February 20, 7:00pm

Voluntourism: From Feel-Good Vacations to Sustainable Global Partnerships

For many, heading off to Africa or Latin America on a volunteer exchange is an invaluable, life-changing experience. But whose needs do these 'voluntourism' adventures serve? Some see them as little more than glorified vacations, giving privileged Canadians the chance to snap a few photos of poverty from a comfortable distance. Others believe they are deeply meaningful learning opportunities, essential for global solidarity-building and knowledge sharing. Located at The Artful Dodger, 1631 11th Avenue in Regina. For more information go here.

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SEIMA Networking Luncheon

February 20, 11:30am

The Saskatchewan Environmental Industry and Managers Association (SEIMA) is holding a networking luncheon in Regina. A presentation will be given by the SRC about the decommissioning, long term monitoring and maintenance of uranium mines and mills in Northern Saskatchewan. To register and for more information go here.

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Saskatoon

Native Prairie Speaker Series: Biodiversity on Pastures

February 16, 7:00pm

Join speaker Heather Wiebe, AAFC-Science at the Saskatoon Inn to hear her talk about biodiversity on pastures. This speaker series is being held in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation's 84th annual convention. For more information go here.

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SES Speaker Series: A Toxic Reality

February 19th, 7:00pm

Worried about toxins in your personal body care products? Join the Saskatchewan Environmental Society on Tuesday February 19, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Frances Morrison Library in downtown Saskatoon to hear guest speaker, Jennie Weselowsky discuss how our personal health products could be affecting our health and the environment. For more information and details go here.

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Permaculture Research Institute of Saskatchewan: February Potluck & Meeting

February 21, 6:00pm

This meeting will focus on Holistic Management. Widely popularized by farmer Joel Salatin, Holistic Management is a decision making system created by biologist Allan Savory over the last 40 years. Savory created the system as a response to the widespread desertification caused by overgrazing which he was witnessing all over Africa. Since its initial trials, it has spread throughout the world, as farmers and ranchers started adopting his system for sustainable food production.

Join the PRI at their next potluck to find out more about what's happening in Saskatchewan to improve our farming practices to benefit people and the environment! PRI Sask members Jessie Best and Shaun Abs, who have recently participated in a Holistic Management workshop, will make a presentation and lead the discussion. This meeting will be held at the Unitarian Centre, 213 Second Street East. For more information go here.

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We Are Many Member's Meeting

February 26

We Are Many (WAM) is holding a members' meeting on February 26. They have a variety ways to get involved and are wanting passionate individuals to take part in coordinating the Garlic Project and the event logistics for the Hydration Station. If you're interested or for more details contact info@wamsaskatoon.com.

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Open Forum: The Future of PFRA Community Pastures in Saskatchewan

February 28 and March 1

February 28, 7:00pm:

At the Frances Morrison Public Library, keynote speaker Candace Savage, the best-selling author of Prairie: A Natural History and A Geography in Blood, will highlight the heritage of the PFRA pastures and their critical importance for grassland conservation.

March 1, 1:00pm-4:00pm:

In the Georgia Goodspead Theatre (RM 18) at the Edwards School of Business join a panel of speakers who will be presenting on a range of topics including the history and context of the pastures, ecological and economic benefits, species at risk in the pastures, and First Nations interests in the land. For more information go here.

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Seedy Saturday

March 9, 11:00am

Seedy Saturday is a family-friendly eco-fair promoting open pollinated and heirloom seed-saving, biodiversity and sustainable living. It's the perfect time to celebrate spring! Located at E.D. Feehan Catholic High School, 411 Avenue M North. For more information go here or call: (306) 655-4575 ext. 229.

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SES - Environmental Book Club

March 12, 7:00pm

The next book in SES' environmental book club is, "Eaarth" by Bill McKibben. Come one, come all! SES' aim is to create a sense of community within the SES and offer a chance to meet with like-minded individuals to discuss current environmental issues in our society. For more information go here.

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Other

SAW 2013 Watersheds Conference

April 9th and 10th, Moose Jaw

The Saskatchewan Association of Watersheds' conference will be in Moose Jaw on April 9 and 10. Bob Sandford, the keynote speaker, will discuss water and climate security in the Canadian West, and there will be tours of several water treatment facilities. More information here.

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Canadian Environmental Network AGM

March 2, Toronto and by phone

RCEN is celebrating 36 years of networking, organizing and helping to build an environmental movement that stretches across the country. Despite financial, organizational, and political challenges in the last two years, RCEN is ready for renewal. Today, we need a national environmental network more than ever.

Please contact John Coombs, Secretary of the RCEN at secretary@rcen.caa if you are interested in helping organize this event.

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More events at the SEN Event Calendar: http://events.econet.ca.